Bichos del Campo is a bestiary of three Mexican folk tales re-told and illustrated by artist Daniel Gonzalez. "Bichos del Campo" translates as Creatures of the Fields. Its introductory text and fables are illustrated in Daniel's signature linoleum block print style, delivering on the mood set in his preface:
"If there was ever a setting where anything was possible, where the real and imagined can coexist, it would be in the ranchos of my grandparents. At night, the small flicker of the kerosene lamp was the only light for miles in a night filled with sounds. In these adobe homes, I learned that bees pray, snakes steal milk from cows, and some people fly in the shape of owls."
Letterpress-printed in 2 colors on Rives Heavyweight 175 gsm and bound in Bhutan Shawa covers. Dimensions: 4 x 4 in. 8 pages. 4 linocut illustrations. 2009
Eight Omens of Misfortune
Within the Florentine Codex, the multi-volume, encyclopedic compilation of Mexica culture, knowledge, and tradition made by surviving Mexica elders under the direction of Franciscan friars, is housed an astonishing episode before the conquest. In it are listed 8 omens of misfortune that were witnessed by the populace of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan 10 years before the arrival of the Spanish. This book recounts these events. --- Handset Centaur and Arrighi type and linocut illustrations printed on Rives BFK rag paper and bound accordion fold style. Limited edition of 50. Size: 5.5 x 5.5 in. 2005